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Applied ICT A Level Unit 8 - Project Management

Note: this page applies to the AQA Applied ICT A level specification. This exam was withdrawn in 2012, with final exams in 2013. The content will be retained as an archive and because it has some stuff that might be quite useful for someone or other

Mobile phoneIt's about Managing Projects you know

Project Management is about, well, managing a project. The key thing to remember is that it's more about developing your skills related to working in a team - and how you might use ICT to make that easier and more efficient - than anything else.

PDF iconsome slides introducing what project management means - taken from exam board literature, so it's what it means to them.

A Guide! For Year 13 - a quick guide to remind you about the sorts of things you need to be doing for Unit 8.

PDF iconKeeping on top of Unit 8. Trust me, this will help avoid tears!

MS Word iconWitness Statement Form. There are various places this might come in handy if you can't prove what you did!

The Markgrid:

You can find the markgrid for this unit on the AQA Applied ICT homepagewiki link - scroll way down the page (psst, there are copies on the school network or, if you can't find it at AQA, then I'll e-mail it to you, but don't tell anyone I said that, OK?). It's not like the other units - the write up really doesn't follow the markgrid in the same sort of way.

Why do I need to do this?

This unit can seem a bit meh sometimes. In particular it can seem confusing because so much stuff is shared between people and the markgrid just doesn't work in the same way as other units.

I understand why it can seem meh, but I also understand why you need to do it - in fact, why it's really, really important.

Most ICT projects, including software projects, in anything other than very small organisations involve teams of people working together to try to achieve a set of goals. It's the way the industry works. If teams work well then projects work well and things get done well. If they don't then bad stuff happens.

I really think it's important to start to develop some of the skills associated with good team working (and, here's a thing: these skills get taught at uni on comp sci courses OK...). So enjoy this - it's not as complex as Flash programming or stuff like that. Just relax and do it :-)

Project Management Software:

In order to project manage you need some project management software I suppose. You need to see us to get this as it no longer seems to be available on the interwebz.

Note: only the project manager <waves> needs to use this.

You should probably look at That Blue Square Blog for all the really good other A Level stuff.